Refectory Kitchen York

If you haven’t been to the Royal York in a while then take another look. The mighty Victorian pile that we still like to think of as the Royal Station Hotel, has been given a multi-million pound makeover and the fusty old corridors and draughty public rooms are no more. Now it’s a glamorous, sophisticated hotel decorated in shades of white and grey with the public rooms furnished with elegant sofas, console tables and original art.


The restaurant defies the usual up-market hotel offer by, cleverly in our view, creating a refectory kitchen, actually the Refectory Kitchen, a casual bistro-style restaurant serving homely dishes such burger with bacon and Cheddar, pork chop with black pudding and fish and chips. Lighter dishes include sea bass with brown shrimps, capers and lemon or halibut with bacon. Not every dish was successful, but there was enough that was good to merit a return. There’s not much on offer for veggies and you’re paying for the setting with prices at the high end for bistro cooking, averaging £9 for starters and £20 for mains and a wine list with no bottle under £20. Set against that, lunch is quite a bit cheaper with the set three course dinner a more palatable £22.


In the restaurant, that buys wood floors, leather chairs, filament lights and exposed ironwork while tables are dressed-down with buckets of herbs and tea lights. I’d never have dreamed of eating at the old establishment (they couldn’t even make a decent coffee) but now if I was in the mood to start or finish a rail trip in style, the Royal could fit the bill.

Refectory Kitchen

Royal York Hotel, Station Road, York YO24 1AA

Tel 01904 688688

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Type: Restaurant

Price guide

3 out of 5

Cuisine type: Traditional British

Part of Eat York

Review by Jill, 6 October 2016

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